Monday, October 14, 2019

Benny Wenda Not Expelled from the UN General Assembly Room, Here Are the Facts

 Benny Wenda, pemimpin perjuangan Kemerdekaan Papua saat menghadiri Sidang Umum PBB di New York, AS, pekan lalu. TEMPO/Raimundos Oki. 

NEW YOK - A number of media in Indonesia reporting that Benny Wenda, a figure fighting for Papuan independence from Indonesia, was expelled from the UN General Assembly room last week turned out to be untrue.

A source who explained to the media that Wenda was expelled was a Papuan figure, Nick Messet. The reason for the expulsion, according to Messet, is because Wenda who joined the Vanuatu delegation was not a citizen of Vanuatu.
"It is not true that Benny Wenda joined the courtroom with the Vanuatu delegation because the UN made strict rules and only allowed state representatives to enter the courtroom in New York," Messet said, as reported by Antara on Sunday, September 29 and quoted by Liputan6.com.
"The rules applied by the United Nations are very strict. Only citizens can represent their countries and enter the delegation at the UN General Assembly," continued Messet who attended the 74th UN General Assembly.
Benny Wenda's Identity Card attends the UN General Assembly.
"The rules applied by the United Nations are very strict. Only citizens can represent their countries and enter the delegation at the UN General Assembly," continued Messet who attended the 74th UN General Assembly.
Tempo correspondent Raimundos Oki, who attended the 74th UN General Assembly on September 23-28, 2019, said he did not see and hear the UN police or United Nations Police and UN staff expel Wenda from the courtroom.
"Benny Wenda has followed delegations from Vanuatu and he has always attended Vanuatu events at various commissions at the UN, even to the point of sitting in the UN General Assembly room when Vanuatu raised the issue of Palestine, New Caledonia and West Papua," Oki explained the results of his report during attend the UN General Assembly.
In addition to interviewing Wenda, Oki also interviewed Vanuatu's Foreign Minister, Ralph John Regenvanu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

"Vanuatu asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to enter West Papua to investigate the cases of violations that have occurred so far," he said.

The Vanuatu Foreign Minister later stated that it was not true that Wenda was expelled from the UN General Assembly room.

"The report that Wenda was banned from entering the UN General Assembly is untrue, he was allowed to enter because he was officially accredited as a Vanuatu delegation and in fact during a state statement by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu and other world leaders he sat in the General Assembly room," Ralph said via electronic mail to Tempo Correspondent, Raimundos Oki, 30 September 2019.

In addition, Benny Wenda and his entourage used the official UN identity card to attend the UN General Assembly. On the card, a photo and name of Wenda was written as Vanuatu's advisor.

A version of this article published in TEMPO.CO, Jakarta: 


Attending the UN General Assembly, Benny Wenda Urges the UN to Visit Papua

 Benny Wenda, leader of the Papuan Independence struggle while attending the UN General Assembly in New York, USA, last week. TEMPO / Raimundos Oki
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

NEW YORK - Benny Wenda, leader of the Papuan Independence struggle while attending the UN General Assembly in New York, USA, last week. TEMPO / Raimundos Oki
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Benny Wenda, a figure fighting for Papuan independence from Indonesia, urged the United Nations to visit Indonesia to witness firsthand what really happened in West Papua.
Wenda said, Indonesia as a member of the United Nations has a moral responsibility to cross-check human rights issues, especially in a demonstration at a high school that ended with 31 people killed and dozens injured.
Wenda conveyed this in a special interview with Raimundos Oki, Tempo Correspondent on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 27, 2019 at 7 pm local time. Benny was present as part of the Vanuatu delegation.
Benny responded to the heated situation in Papua with a number of demonstrations that killed 31 civilians, children, immigrants and damaged a number of buildings in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency.
The main trigger for this deadly demonstration was the remark of a high school teacher in Wamena calling his students monkeys. Then the students held their own peaceful demonstrations and the Indonesian military opened fire on them.
"I am very worried about seeing West Papua, that's why I urged the United Nations to visit Papua to witness what really happened in West Papua," Benny said.
Benny accused the Indonesian military of killing dozens of civilians in West Papua.
The Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Human Rights or Menkopolhukam, Wiranto has deployed around 16 thousand additional troops to West Papua as a Papuan guard guard. But in reality, these additional troops triggered an escalation.
"So this is the responsibility of the Indonesian government," said Benny.
The National Commission on Human Rights revealed its findings related to the riots in Wamena, Papua. According to the National Human Rights Commission a demonstration that led to riots caused by miscommunication in PGRI high school.
"The chronology of the investigation conducted by representatives of the National Commission on Human Rights shows there is miscommunication," said Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights, Ahmad Fauzan Damanik, in a press conference at his office, Jakarta, Monday 30 September 2019.
The Komnas HAM representative team began the investigation by interviewing high school teachers and students at PGRI. The story begins on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, when the Riris Panggabean teacher became a substitute.
Riris, said Damanik, admitted that he had a quarrel with one of the students. The reason was, the student thought Riris mentioned the word "Monkey".
"Actually, according to this mother's version she doesn't say monkey but is loud," said Damanik. But the problem was claimed to have been completed.
Only on Saturday, September 21 did some students return to the issue. But the commotion that day was claimed to be resolved by mediation by other teachers at the school.
When the mediation process was finished, Riris and the students mentioned forgiving each other, even singing together to celebrate one of the students' birthdays. "Alright, there's nothing," he said.

Later, said Damanik. On Sunday morning, suddenly there was an attack on PGRI High School. On Monday, teachers discovered that many facilities had been damaged by the attack.

Komnas HAM noted that 31 people died and 43 injured were recorded as patients at Wamena Hospital, Papua. As many as 43 victims were seriously injured.

A version of this article published in TEMPO.CO, Jakarta.  


Sriwijaya Air's plane was almost hit by a motorcyclist in Dili


Presidente Nicolau Lobato Airport officials and police arrested a man who allegedly tried to crash into a Sriwijaya Air plane in Dili, East Timor. TEMPO/ Raimundos Oki

Dili - An aircraft belonging to the Sriwijaya Air airline with the route Denpasar - Dili, East Timor, was almost hit by a local resident, who was driving a black Honda Revo moped.

This happened when the plane was landing at Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Comoro, Dili, on Monday, October 14, 2019.

A staff security guard on duty at the airport gate said he did not see when the perpetrators entered the runway area. "The perpetrators were seen when they were in the middle of the runway," the officer told Tempo on Monday, October 14, 2019.

The perpetrator whose initials CdJ was driving a speeding motorbike and dealing with Sriwijaya Air aircraft. There were about a hundred passengers on board, including two diplomats.

The two diplomats came from the Hellenic Republic, Costantina Coliau, and from Bosnia Herzegovina, Asmira Merdanovic Halilovic.
The perpetrator allegedly attempted to crash into an airplane with a motorbike being driven even though it was unsuccessful because it was first prevented by airport officials. This incident occurred at around half past two in the afternoon Timor Leste time.
The CdJ initials from Railako District, Munisipio Ermera. The motorbike driven by the perpetrator does not have a license plate.

The perpetrators entered the airport arena via post one, which was actually guarded by officers, and headed east. At that time, Sriwijaya's plane had landed in the west area and would spin to the east area.

The perpetrators rode their motorcycles so fast that they were confronted by Sriwijaya aircraft.
But this attempt failed because the security officers chased the perpetrators and kicked down the motorcycle he was riding. At that moment, the pilot immediately stopped in the middle of the runway.
According to information, this Sriwijaya Air plane was carrying 6 flight attendants and around one hundred passengers. The perpetrators are now in the Dili police detention cell to undergo the interrogation process.

A version of this article was published in TEMPO.CO, Jakarta.
https://dunia.tempo.co/read/1259686/pesawat-sriwijaya-air-nyaris-tertabrak-pengendara-motor-di-dili 
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Vanuatu highlights human rights violations in Papua and West Papua

Vanuatu highlights human rights violations, racial discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression in West Papua at UN Human Rights Council. Points to Pacific Islands Forum 2019 leaders communique.

Indonesian ‘Right of Reply’ expresses regret for racist incidents preceding recent violent confrontations with military and says still preparing for visit of UN Human Rights Commissioner to West Papua. Praises PIF for recognising its sovereignty.

18th Meeting, 42nd Regular Session UN Human Rights Council on 17 Sep 2019 in Geneva.

http://webtv.un.org/watch/item4-general-debate-18th-meeting-42nd-regular-session-human-rights-council/6087286859001/?fbclid=IwAR1jxmL19bZmRE3pkiIZJmQaWgjziLo-ANwPYcbSsgdBf60OVZgeTTrEcds#player

Monday, July 15, 2019

The ASEAN countries must abolish the death penalty


 
DILI – Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos Horta is arguing ASEAN countries to remove the use of the death penalty from their legal system.

Horta believes the severe punishment violates human rights and should be abolished around the world.

“At least every country that upholds the death penalty should declare a moratorium (temporary ban) for 10 to 20 years on its application,” he said.

According to Horta, a moratorium would allow nations to step back and evaluate their use of the death penalty, before ultimately deciding whether or not to abolish it.

Currently, five ASEAN countries continue to use the death penalty: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
In Indonesia, the death penalty applies to cases of premeditated murder, terrorism and drug trafficking.

On May 29, married couple from East Timor were arrested in East Nusa Tenggara for carrying thousands of ecstasy pills.

According to Horta, East Timor’s strong stance against the death penalty is one of its greatest qualities. He added that if any Timorese political leader looked to introduce capital punishment, they would be met with strong opposition across the country.

“We have a very deep strong culture against the death penalty and we will not change that in order to join ASEAN,” he said.

Horta also pointed out that no ASEAN countries should defend their use of the death penalty by pointing to nations like the United States, because the US only uses the punishment in cases of murder, not for drug offences. As well as this, 20 states in the US have abolished their use of the death penalty.

Horta’s calls against the use of the death penalty echo sentiment around the world, were 160 countries have either abolished capital punishment, implemented a moratorium, or never adopted the practice.

Speaking at a 2014 event calling for all countries to implement a moratorium on the death penalty, former Secretary – General of the United Nations, Ban Ki – Moon, described the death penalty as having “no place in the 21st Century”.

As a result of its denial of the right to life (Article 2 of the Human Right Act), the death penalty has been described by Amnesty International as: “the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights.”

Recent reform to legislation regarding the death penalty in Southeast Asia have also generally been in line with this international trend, with reforms against capital punishment showing a gradual but real development.

Despite international movement against capital punishment, half of the association continues to use the death penalty.

Brunei, Myanmar, and Laos have abolished it in practice, with no executions in the past 10 years, while the Philippines and Cambodia have banned it completely.

A version of this article appears in Tempo Timor Online on July 14, 2019 with the headline: Horta: ‘ASEAN countries must abolish the death penalty’.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rivalries between Xanana and Alkatiri still ongoing



By Raimundos Oki

DILI – Political differences and rivalries between the CNRT party and the FREILIN party are still ongoing, the proof is the former war commander and liberation hero of Timor-Leste has not participated in the inauguration of the Rota do Sandalo international airport in Ousi - Kusi Ambeno last week.

In his speech, the President of the Oé-Cusse Ambeno Special Administrative Region Authority (RAEOA – ZEESM – TL), Mari Alkatiri stated that he felt very sad about Xanana Gusmão's absence at the event.

“Therefore if today my heart is rather sad because my brother Xanana Gusmão is not here. I believe that even though he is not in Oe-Kusi now, I believe that even though he is in Dili or elsewhere, he will accompany or watch this direct transmission,” he said.  

Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos Horta considered the absence Xanana in Oe – Kusi Ambeno because there is political difference among them.    

“He was dissappointed. I think maun boot Xanana he is the real founder of this country. There are two people in our history that the biggest. One is Nicolau Lobato and the other is Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão,” Horta said.  

Without Xanana Gusmão maybe we wouldn’t be free today. We all fought. FALINTIL, clandestine network, international solidarity, and us abroad in diplomacy, but you need a very wise leader that when he sees an opportunity he takes it. That’s mean that you have the courage to do it. Like the referendum, if Xanana was a weak leader he probably would have said postpone there are no security condition.  He decided to postpone, no referendum, will never happen.

“So I say, Xanana is a real the architecture of our independence. He is the real father of the country. He has to behave as a grandfather, as a father and a leader”.

Alkairi or Lú – Olo or anyone offend him, upset him, he is bigger and he should invite them for dialogue.

“But I know maun boot Xanana will invite them for dialogue because he doesn’t hate people. He get upset today than he . . . but he is very sensitive, upset because of the blocking or the swearing in of some government ministries”.  

But maybe the president and Mr Xanana and the Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, they three can sit together and find a compromise and restructure the government. CNRT is right, they are the largest party in the government, and they should have more members.

The AMP high-level conference consisting of three political parties, the CNRT party, PLP and KHUNTO has decided and issued a resolution not to extend the Mari Alkariti position at Oe-Kusi Ambeno because there are many suspected corruption cases.

The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste recognizes the special status of Oe-Cusse, an enclave in the north west of the island of Timor, stating that it “shall enjoy special administrative and economic treatment” and “be governed by a special administrative policy and economic regime.” 

In June last year Law No 3/2014 was passed creating the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno and establishing the Special Zone of Social Market Economy also known as ZEESM. Oe-Cusse Ambeno has faced significant development challenges compounded because of its isolation from contiguous Timor-Leste. The law notes the objective of the Special Administrative Region is to achieve “inclusive development of the region prioritizing activities of a socio economic nature to promote the quality of life and well-being of the community.”

Former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, President of the Authority of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno and Chair of the Special Zone of Social Market Economy of Oe-Cusse Ambeno and Ataúro, notes that the Authority will use an “integrated approach to sustainable, social and economic development” accomplished by “investing in the training, education and health of the people of Oe-Cusse Ambeno while simultaneously investing in vital infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, school and more to help build a dynamic regional economy.”

The 2015 Budget allocates $81.9 Million to the Authority to invest to accelerate inclusive economic development and develop basic infrastructure. The Region will be using its status as a Special Economic Zone to attract quality foreign investment and long-term business initiatives.

A version of this article appears in Tempo Timor Online on June 25, 2019 with the headline: Rivalries between Xanana and Alkatiri not yet finished.

Benny Wenda Not Expelled from the UN General Assembly Room, Here Are the Facts

  Benny Wenda, pemimpin perjuangan Kemerdekaan Papua saat menghadiri Sidang Umum PBB di New York, AS, pekan lalu. TEMPO/Raimundos Oki.  ...